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Letter from Mr. Van Wyck,


Thurday Morning, August 29, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present. Abm˙ Yates, Esq˙, President.

NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Abeel.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Abm˙ Yates, Mr˙ Adgate, Colonel Rensselaer.

ULSTER. — Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ Wisner, Major Parks.

SUFFOLK. — Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ Miller, Mr˙ L' Hommedieu, Mr˙ Dearing, Mr˙ Tredwell.

ORANGE. — Dr˙ Outwater, Mr˙ Little, Mr˙ Wisner, Jun.

WESTCHESTER. — Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Tompkins, Colonel Cortlandt, Colonel Drake, Mr˙ Morris.

QUEEN' S. — Major Lawrence, Mr˙ Samuel Townsend.

DUTCHESS. — Colonel Hoffman, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ London, Major Schenck.

CUMBERLAND. — Colonel Marsh, Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stephens.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Feder.

A Letter from Mr˙ Van Wyck at Flushing, who was sent yesterday from Congress to inquire whether the communication between this and Jamaica is open and safe by the way of Flushing, was received. He mentions that the Troops may pass safely that way, if they can be got there this evening; that the enemy' s ships lie between Thorne' s Point and Great-Neck. Referred to Mr˙ Smith, Colonel Hoffman, and Mr˙ Tredwell.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of this Convention advance to Z˙ Platt, Esq˙, the further sum of £700, to enable him to execute the order of this Convention, appointing him Commissary for the time being, to provide Provisions for the Troops under the command of Brigadier-General Clinton, and to pay for a quantity of Boards purchased by virtue of said order, and take his receipt for the same.


Mr˙ Tompkins came into Convention, and informed that Mr˙ Lounsbury was come into Westchester County with a commission from General Howe to raise Rangers; that a party of Rangers (say Militia) went in pursuit of him, and were under the necessity of killing him, as he would not surrender; another was wounded and four were taken prisoners, all his recruits. The commission from Lord Howe, and other papers found on him, were read and filed.

Committed to Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ Livingston, and Mr˙ Tompkins.

On motion, Resolved, unanimously, That Mr˙ John McDonald, employed as a Miner by this Convention, be directed to proceed upon a further discovery, for the space of twenty days, in exploring the Lead Mines in the Nine Partners, in Dutchess County, then to return and report to this House; and that he be allowed eight shillings per day while so employed; and that he be allowed to employ two men besides himself; and that he be furnished with one-quarter hundred weight of Powder.

Carried unanimously.